What should you do?
- Tailor your application – make sure you research the business and the role you are applying for. Tailor your application to the role and highlight the skills, experiences and interests you have that are relevant. You will be asked why you’ve selected some of the options on your application so be prepared to explain your interests and preferences. If you are applying for a bridges role for example, this may involve highlighting the structural or bridge based modules that you have studied.
- Be yourself – we want to hire you for your strengths and what you can contribute to our business and team. You won’t be able to show us your unique skills if you are using answers prepared on lists of ‘best interview answers’. Try to avoid telling is what you think we want to hear, answer honestly, be yourself and tell us about what you can bring to the role.
- Check your application – proof reading can be dull. We understand that, but when making an application it’s incredibly important. First impressions count and if our first impression of you is a spelling mistake or grammatical error, you’re on the back foot before you’re past the first stage. Check, check and then check again.
What shouldn’t you do?
- Mention our competitors – Seems obvious, right? It should be, but we’ve seen our competitor’s names in cover letters many times. Using the same letter or copy and paste can definitely save time and we know you can be short on time when applying to multiple companies, but this could raise concerns around your attention to detail. Again, check everything, and if you are copying and pasting be sure you have updated everything.
- Tell us what we already know – We wrote our website; we know what’s on there and we do notice when you copy our words into your application. When you do your research find out what personally excites you about the business or what projects you are really interested in and tell us about these rather than repeating what we’ve told you about us.
We wish you the very best of luck in your job search - we hope to be reading your applications very soon. Visit our graduate careers page for more information on our 2022 Graduate Development Programme.